Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Panel Tables Contraceptive Bill.(Legislature)

Byline: Journal Capitol Bureau

AROUND THE ROUNDHOUSE

SANTA FE Insurance companies would have to provide contraceptives as part of their prescription drug plans under a House bill introduced this week.

"Women should be able to have a personal, individual choice to use contraceptives. It's discriminatory not to provide contraceptives," said Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, who is sponsoring the bill in the House.

A majority of insurance companies provide contraceptives to their female clientele, but some faith-based firms such as St. Joseph Healthcare are opposed to covering contraceptives under their prescription drug programs.

"It's not our policy to dispense contraceptives for contraceptive purposes," said Johnnie Banks, a spokeswoman for St. …

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